152 people dead in Egyptian air crash

Jan. 3, 2004 at 1:15 PM
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CAIRO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Recovery crews searching Red Sea waters found one body and parts of an Egyptian plane that crashed Saturday with 152 aboard.

As night fell on the Red Sea, workers did not expect to find any survivors.

The Boeing 737, owned by Egypt's Flash Airlines, had just taken off from the seaside resort town of Sharm el-Sheik in the Sinai Peninsula when it disappeared from radar at 4:44 a.m. local time, CNN News reported.

The aircraft held 152 people, 136 of which were French tourists, including a crew of seven, Egypt's passport officials sid.

Rescuers pulled at least one body from the water, the Middle East News Agency reported. Small parts of the 737's debris also were found in waters about eight miles south of the seaside airport.

A spokesman for Egypt's aviation ministry said the pilots did not make a distress call, and that the crash was believed to be due to mechanical failure as it was attempting to return to Sharm el-Sheik.

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